Actor Tyler Christopher, Who Was Married to Eva Longoria, Dead at the Age of 50

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Tyler Christopher, a recipient of the Daytime Emmy, and formerly married to Eva Longoria, has tragically passed away at the age of 50. His untimely death adds to the unfortunate trend of unexpected losses in Hollywood in 2023.

He passed away unexpectedly.

Tyler Christopher, renowned for his enduring portrayal of Nikolas Cassadine in the daytime soap opera General Hospital, has sadly passed away at the age of 50. The confirmation of his passing came through a statement on Instagram from former General Hospital co-star Maurice Benard. In the statement, Benard shared the somber news, saying, “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Tyler Christopher. Tyler passed away this morning following a cardiac event in his San Diego apartment,” thus revealing the cause of his death.

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“Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting. Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him. Tyler was an advocate for better mental health and substance use treatment who openly spoke about his struggles with bipolar depression and alcohol. We are beyond devastated by the loss of our dear friend and pray for his children and his father,” he added.

Christopher portrayed Cassadine for nearly 1,200 episodes over a span of 20 years, from 1996 to 2016, a role that earned him a Daytime Emmy in 1998 along with two other nominations.

From 2002 to 2004, Christopher was in a marriage with actress Eva Longoria. They initially crossed paths after her debut appearance in a 2000 episode of General Hospital. While they maintained privacy about their relationship, the couple made several public appearances together on various red carpets before eventually parting ways.

In 2008, Longoria expressed admiration for her former husband and suggested that the dissolution of their relationship may have been her own doing. She remarked, “He was a lovely man, but I was very young. I didn’t know who I was, and I was still struggling as an actor. I was a terrible wife.”

Subsequently, the late actor remarried in 2008 to auto racing pit reporter Brienne Pedigo, with whom he had two children, Greysun James and Bohemee. However, their marriage came to an end in 2021.

Tributes began pouring in rapidly.

Alyssa Milano was among the first celebrities to use social media to honor the late actor. Milano, famous for her portrayal of Phoebe Halliwell in 8 seasons of Charmed, turned to Instagram to pay her respects. She shared a still image from an episode of the show in which Christopher also appeared and wrote, “It feels like the world is caving in. Tyler Christopher has passed away.” In her caption, she added, “He was a wonderful actor and so good in the Charmed episode ’Pardon My Past’. I remember him as being a sweet, sweet, soul. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his friends and family.”

Others also joined in, including actor Sean Kanan, known for his roles in The Karate Kid II and III, as well as Cobra Kai. He shared his disbelief upon hearing the news, saying, “Stunned to hear that Tyler Christopher passed away. I have no words. RIP my friend.”

Regrettably, Christopher’s passing adds to the list of celebrities who have passed away unexpectedly in 2023. Not long ago, the world was shocked by the death of Matthew Perry, and the circumstances surrounding his passing are indeed heart-wrenching.

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